Planning & Control: Organizing the Human Resources

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While planning and control are at different ends of the process, it has a strong relationship that failure of one results in a certain failure of the other.

To create an effective plan, information on the actual performance and its deviation from the set standards is needed and this information is gathered during the controlling phase. Failure to obtain this information will result in a plan that has no factual basis and a measure to identify the attainment of the expected outcomes. If accurate information from the controlling phase is obtained, managers can then create a plan to improve the unit’s performance in the future.

A well-crafted plan and efficient control measures are geared toward the future. Plans are created based on the goals set for the institution and from the data collected from the control phase. Control is then utilized to ensure the attainment of these goals.

Wide Span of Control for Organizing the Human Resources in a Unit

I believe that it would be beneficial for all stakeholders to use a wide span of control in organizing the human resources in a nursing unit. By utilizing this type of control, the institution will save on wages as it will eliminate the need for hiring a large number of managers to process the units within the institution. These savings can then be allocated to projects that will further enhance the quality of care provided to clients like hiring nurses to maintain the recommended nurse-patient ratio or supporting continuing education of nurses in the institution.

This type of control also empowers nurses to make their own decisions and carry out their duties and responsibilities based on the scope of practice without interference from managers or without the need for managers constantly monitors every task of nurses within the unit. This provides opportunities for nurses to be responsible and accountable for all decisions and actions they make.

Since this type of control essentially eliminates multiple managers that often cause delays in the communication process related to decision making, nurses and managers are provided with streamlined communication allowing them to make necessary decisions based on all relevant information at a much quicker pace.

I believe that the success of this type of control relies on the quality of the nurse manager and the nurses. Nurse Managers must be able to manage nurses effectively by making expectations, goals, and everyone’s responsibility clear and concise while competent nurses must be hired and are well aware of the scopes of their practice and have confidence in performing their duties and responsibilities.

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